Center Coordinator, Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law

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Center Coordinator, Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law

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The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Employers By State in 2021.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

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Posted Job Title
Center Coordinator, Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law

Job Profile Title
Administrative Coordinator

Job Description Summary
The Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law (CERL), affiliated with the Annenberg Public Policy Center at Penn, is a non-partisan interdisciplinary institute dedicated to preserving and promoting ethics and the rule of law in national security, warfare, and democratic governance. CERL draws from the study of law, philosophy, and ethics to answer the difficult questions that arise in domestic and transnational crises and conflicts.

Under limited supervision, the coordinator is responsible for coordinating a portfolio of CERL activities and programs, completing all required assignments, and providing the highest level of service to faculty, staff, and program participants. This full-time position will report to the Executive Director.

Job Description
  • Manage the schedule and calendar for CERL and members of its leadership team, organize and track center supplies, screen telephone/written communications, and compose/edit routine correspondence.
  • Manage logistics for CERL Executive Board and Advisory Council meetings.
  • Coordinate and schedule events in conjunction with the leadership team to include book talks, conferences, and seminars; arrange venues and communicate with vendors; manage guest lists and assist with all aspects of participant management; prepare itineraries/schedules; facilitate guest reimbursements; and provide on-site coordination at events from setup to breakdown.
  • Prepare printed and electronic materials for board meetings, conferences, visitors, center mailings, etc.
  • Manage reimbursements in coordination with the business office.
  • Enter data into online project management software and organize and update center files.
  • Procure food and beverages for CERL events and meetings.
  • Coordinate travel arrangements for participants of CERL events and CERL team members.
  • Manage and supervise student workers and coordinate their workload and assignments.
  • Assist with website maintenance and other communications platforms, including Mailchimp and social media pages, as requested.
  • Perform additional duties as needed.

The position is contingent on continuation of current external funding.


Successful candidates will:
  • Have a bachelor's degree and 2-3 years of related work experience.
  • Demonstrate excellent organizational, interpersonal, customer service, and verbal and written communication skills.
  • Have intermediate to advanced computer skills and mastery of Microsoft Office applications.
  • Demonstrate the ability to multitask and set priorities in consultation with supervisor.
  • Thrive in diverse collaborative settings.
  • Have interest or experience in CERL's mission of protecting and promoting ethics and the rule of law (preferred).
  • Have experience within a university or research institution setting (preferred) or other experience evidencing suitability for this position.

Application instructions:

Resume and cover letter required (clicking the "upload" button at the bottom of the My Experience page in the application process will allow you to attach multiple documents).

      Job Location - City, State
      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

      Department / School
      Annenberg School for Communication

      Pay Range
      $20.45 - $30.82
      Salary offers are made based on the candidate's qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors and grade profile.

      Affirmative Action Statement
      Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

      Special Requirements
      Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

      University Benefits
      • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
      • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
      • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
      • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
      • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
      • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
      • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
      • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
      • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
      • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
      • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
      • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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